Instant Hot Water Dispenser No Longer Hot!


My Insinkerator Hot-1 Instant Hot Water Dispenser now has only cold water coming out of it. We've had it about three years with no trouble. Is this the typical lifespan or is this a common problem with an easy solution or do I have to take it out and get a new one?
Thanks!!
Misty, who wants hot tea in cold weather
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wrote:

First step is to make sure the unit is still getting power. The unit is usally plugged into an outlet under the sink. Plug in a lamp or radio and make sure the outlet is still working. If not, look for a reset button on the outlet (it's usually a GFCI protected outlet). If that doesn't help, or there isn't a reset button, check the circuit breaker or fuse for that circuit. Sometimes the reset button is on a nearby outlet, not the one the unit is plugged into.
If the outlet has power, your dispensor has probably failed. There is a thermal safety fuse inside the unit, but I don't believe it is user serviceable.
HTH,
Paul
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Paul Franklin wrote:

That depends on the user......
The "Tank box" unit comes apart without a big hassle.
I replaced the thermal fuse on our Insinkerator hot water dispenser a couple of years ago when it died of old age. It's just an axial lead component about the size of a 1/2 watt carbon film resistor. I bought a new one in the right temperatire range at Rat Shack for a buck and a half:
http://tinyurl.com/ymydlm
If Misty can't tackle that kind of work herself she might have a friend who could.
'Course it might also be the tank heater itself which has failed, and that's sealed inside the tank assembly. About 15 years ago I was able to buy a replacement tank/heater for the hot water dispenser in our last home for about a quarter of the price of a whole new unit, I doubt if things are still that user friendly nowadays. <G>
Jeff

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As suggested check for a reset button. A few years ago a friend asked me to check her instant hot water dispenser. It had tripped on overload, but there was no reset button. It had to be reset by a factory authorized repair person. I called the factory and they had a kit available to be installed at no cost to make the unit resetable by the consumer. I don't recall the brand of her unit.
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I agree with Jeff's advice. I have an Insinkerator of similar age and it also had a high temp thermal fuse that failed, just after the warranty had expired. It's easy to diagnose.
I got a replacement from I think Insinkerator or someone they directed me to. The replacement one is a different design and installs slightly different, leading me to believe this is a known design flaw. Which means you would think they would just send you a replacement for free, but I think I paid about $10 for it, including shipping.
The main thing is, if it's not leaking, the cost to repair it whether the above, a heating element, etc, should be worthwhile. The main terminal failure mode is when it leaks.
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